'I am very scared': Hakeem al-Araibi speaks from Thai prison

Hakeem al-Araibi a Bahraini refugee and Australian resident is escorted to a courtroom in Bangkok

The Twitter hashtags #BoycottThailand and #SaveHakeem were trending on Tuesday as Thai prosecutors appealed for the extradition of Araibi, according to local daily Bangkok Post.

Al-Araibi has said he believes if he is extradited to Bahrain he will be tortured.

Led by Australia, support for Al-Araibi has accumulated in cyberspace and on social network platforms, most of the posts calling for Thailand to immediately release him so that he could return to his wife and Australia.

Federico Addiechi, a representative of FIFA, football's world governing body, also attended Monday's hearing and said the organization will continue to support al-Araibi.

Al-Araibi fled to Australia in 2014, where he was granted political asylum in 2017, and plays for Pascoe Vale in Melbourne. He denies the charges.

Al-Araibi was arrested at Bangkok airport on 27 November on the basis of an Interpol red notice, issued to Bahrain by Interpol against its own policies created to protect refugees from the countries they fled.

A Bahraini court sentenced Mr al-Araibi in absentia to 10 years in prison for the attack on the police station.

Five years ago when Hakeem arrived in Australia, Hill interviewed the Bahrainian footballer, who at the time was very critical of Sheikh Salman, the current President of the Asian Football Confederation and member of the House of Khalifa, the Royal Family of Bahrain.

Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday Araibi had fled the country while awaiting trial on charges of arson, and that issuing an global warrant for his arrest is "standard practice".

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Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand's Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019.

She said she requested his release on bail but it was denied because the court deemed him a flight risk.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the case would be tried in court in compliance with Thai judicial procedures and the government is not in a position to interfere.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Thailand was willing to act as a facilitator if Australia and Bahrain agree to sit down and talk.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has said Araibi was tortured by Bahraini authorities because of his brother's political activities during the 2011 protests.

U23's head coach Graham Arnold said: "Last year, the national team department had put some preliminary plans in place to play against China in Bangkok as part of our important preparation for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship qualifiers to be held in Cambodia in March".

He was arrested by Thai authorities on November 27 at Bahrain's request.

Australian officials have also been pressing the Bahraini government, Morrison said. This should not be a schoolyard spat - there is a man's life on the line and suggesting the parties can "talk to each other and sort out their problems" is insulting to everyone working so hard to save Hakeem from the fate that awaits him if returned to Bahrain.

The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) which is also a signatory, separately said the Thai attorney-general should use his discretion to withdraw the case to "reduce pressure from the worldwide community and make our stand to protect refugees from persecution".

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